New York Jets injuries vs. Patriots: Corey Davis, Sheldon Rankins to sit
Rankins’s absence is no surprise. He suffered a dislocated elbow in Week 9 and initially had a return timetable of 4-6 weeks, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. However, the Jets did not put him on injured reserve, so there is a possibility Rankins could return sooner. Still, it’s only been two weeks, so Rankins was never going to play in this one.
Davis is more of a surprise. Saleh said earlier in the week that Davis “has a chance” to return on Sunday after missing the team’s previous two games. Davis suffered a knee injury against the Broncos in Week 7. This will be his third missed game, coming over four weeks with the bye week included.
Coach Saleh says WR Corey Davis and DL Sheldon Rankins will miss this week's game.
OL Nate Herbig and OL Duane Brown will be questionable. pic.twitter.com/WhZZy7VgIF
— New York Jets (@nyjets) November 18, 2022
The absence of Davis means Denzel Mims will continue to be featured in the Jets’ offense. Mims has had good moments as a blocker (although he is no Davis in that department) but he must become more consistent as a pass-catcher. He has only caught 4 of the 9 passes thrown his way this season. Mims also needs to clean up the penalties as he has already been called for two of them.
It will be interesting to see how the Jets decide to replace Rankins in his first game on the sidelines. Nathan Shepherd and Solomon Thomas are likely to see more snaps. New York could also call up either Tanzel Smart or Jonathan Marshall from the practice squad.
In other news, the Jets officially signed guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif to their practice squad.